EIKON – International Magazine for Photography and Media Art, Vienna, issue #112, 11/2020, pp. 50 – 55

Together with Nela Eggenberger I wrote a text about the exhibition ‘ab_bilden‘, published in the current issue of EIKON Magazine #112. ‘ab_bilden‘ is curated by Jan Stradtmann in cooperation with EIKON as part of EMOP Berlin – European Month of Photography and is on show at the Austrian Cultural Forum in Berlin.

In the wake of the decision on the capital city in 1991, which regulated the relocation of the parliament and the government from the former capital of the FRG, Bonn, to Berlin, in 1996 a call for submissions to an architectural competition was issued to design a new building for the Austrian embassy. It was won by the Austrian architect Hans Hollein (1934–2014). Ten years after the decision to relocate was made, the embassy was officially opened in 2001. The three artists – Gregor Eggenberger, Claudia Larcher and Sinta Werner – represented in the exhibition ‘ab_bilden’ (approximately “de_pict”) take the architecture of the Austrian embassy as the starting point for discussion examining both Hollein’s formal language and his interdisciplinary thought processes.

Work from my series ‘The Factor‘ is part of the exhibition ‘#ICPConcerned: Global Images for Global Crisis‘ on view at the International Center of Photography, New York. The exhibition presents a selection of photographs in response to recent events worldwide. Exhibition views: ©ICP, John Halpern

Location: International Center of Photography, 79 Essex Street, New York, NY 10002
Exhibition dates: 1st October 2020 – 3rd January 2021

Exhibition views: ‘Belgravia – Relics of the Future’. Link to the work: Belgravia

Location: Emmanuel Post Contemporary Art
@rahmenhandlung frank mueller, Grolmanstraße 46, 10623 Berlin
Exhibition dates*: 8th December – 18th December 2020
5th January – 29th January 2021
Tue – Fri, 12 pm – 8 pm

‘Belgravia – Relics of the Future’. A site-specific installation at Emmanuel Post Contemporary Art, Berlin.

Like the brand name Porsche, Belgravia, one of the richest districts of London, stands for a high standard of living, financial potency, and the power of capital. While the financial crisis reached its peak with the bankruptcy of the investment bank Lehman Brothers in autumn 2008, Jan Stradtmann photographed Porsche sports cars in the streets of Belgravia at night. The scenery of the typical upper-class fortified residential complexes in West London – adorned with architectural status symbols of perished civilizations – converts the sports cars parked in front of them into relics of a supposedly better era. (text: Emmanuel Post Contemporary Art)

Location: Emmanuel Post Contemporary Art
@rahmenhandlung frank mueller, Grolmanstraße 46, 10623 Berlin
Opening* 4th December, 4 pm – 8 pm
Exhibition dates*: 8th December – 18th December 2020
5th January – 29th January 2021 (extended until 12th March 2021)
Tue – Fri, 12 pm – 8 pm

*Please make sure to check the opening times and visiting regulations before your visit.

Sinta Werner, from the series ‘Passages Marginales’, 2020

Installation views of the exhibition ‘ab_bilden’ currently on show at the Austrian Cultural Forum in Berlin (all pictures: © Studio Eggenberger). 
An exhibition curated by Jan Stradtmann in cooperation with EIKON Magazine as part of EMOP Berlin – European Month of Photography.

Artists:
Gregor Eggenberger
Claudia Larcher
Sinta Werner

Location:
Austrian Cultural Forum
Austrian Embassy Berlin
Stauffenbergstraße 1
10785 Berlin

Exhibition dates:
30th September – 30th November 2020
Mo – Fri, 1 pm – 4 pm (by appointment only, registration via kulturforumberlin.at)

With friendly support of:
Land Vorarlberg
Austrian Cultural Forum Berlin

In collaboration with: 
Architekturzentrum Wien / Collection
EIKON – International Magazine for Photography and Media Art
EMOP Berlin – European Month of Photography
Q21 /  MuseumsQuartier Wien

Claudia Larcher, ‘Fauna’, 2020

Gregor Eggenberger (left), from the series ‘Acute-Mate’, 2020; Sinta Werner (right), from the series ‘Dialectic of Frames’, 2019 and 2020

Gregor Eggenberger (table), ‘Alles ist Fotografie‘, 2020; Sinta Werner, from the series ‘Passages Marginales’, 2020

Gregor Eggenberger, ‘Alles ist Fotografie‘, 2020

Claudia Larcher, ‘Highrise ll’, 2017

The group exhibition ‘ab_bilden’ (de_pict) addresses the architecture of the Austrian Embassy in Berlin, which was designed by Hans Hollein and completed at the turn of the millennium. In their photo and video works, the artists invited by the magazine EIKON in cooperation with Jan Stradtmann describe the state of the building and trace the postmodern spirit of the 1990s in different ways. Common to all three photographers is their decoding of architecture as an enclosed space. Hollein’s statement that ‘a real architecture of our time is [. . .] about to redefine itself as a medium and to expand the range of its means’ is transferred here to photography: the works presented go beyond their mere status as representative image and break new ground both in terms of medium and technique.

Artists:
Gregor Eggenberger
Claudia Larcher
Sinta Werner

Location:
Austrian Cultural Forum
Austrian Embassy Berlin
Stauffenbergstraße 1
10785 Berlin

Pressopening:
29th September 2020, 5 pm (only by pre-registration via office[at]eikon.at)

Opening:
29th September 2020, 7 pm and 8 pm (only by pre-registration via office[at]eikon.at)

Exhibition dates:
30th September – 30th November 2020
Mo – Fri, 1 pm – 4 pm (by appointment only, registration via kulturforumberlin.at)

With friendly support of:
Land Vorarlberg
Austrian Cultural Forum Berlin

In collaboration with: 
Architekturzentrum Wien / Collection
EIKON – International Magazine for Photography and Media Art
EMOP Berlin – European Month of Photography
Q21 /  MuseumsQuartier Wien

I was involved in the music video production by French musician and composer Aude Langlois last year. The EP and two music videos are now released. Find the videos here. (screenshots: ‘En Transit’ (above) and ‘Promesses’ by Aude Langlois)

Installation views of Singularity, Museum Belvédère, Heerenveen (NL) at Noorderlicht International Photo Festival. The exhibition is on until 20th September 2020.

Museum Belvédère, Heerenveen (NL)

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